Ottawa – It’s Winter in the City and there’s a lot to do in and around Ottawa, especially during Winterlude, with events at City partner sites between January 29 and February 15.
Enjoy the season by going for a skate at a City facility or signing up for a course. Join the excitement at a Senators game or at Lansdowne with the Ottawa 67’s. Celebrate the arts at Centrepointe Theatres and Shenkman Arts Centre, or discover the past at a City museum or the Ottawa Archives.
Dust off your skates because the Sens Rink of Dreams, Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink and the Lansdowne Skating Court are open, or sled down one of the City’s approved sledding hills when weather and hill conditions permit. Keep checking ottawa.ca for updates. Also, public skating sessions at City facilities are free on weekends until March 27, compliments of RBC Royal Bank.
Visit Mooney's Bay Park (Terry Fox Athletic Facility) and enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit ski trails. Learn how to cross-country ski or improve your skills with a lesson package that suits you.
City Hall is a great place to visit this season with the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
Be sure to check out Winter in the City to keep up-to-date on what’s happening around town.
Winter in the City 10-day look ahead, including Winterlude opening weekend:
Runs until February 29
You can enjoy two hours of free on-site parking at Lansdowne when you have lunch at any Lansdowne restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Bring your underground parking garage ticket to a participating restaurant to receive the free parking validation. And remember to bring your skates so you can visit the Skating Court too.
Runs until March 19
Taverns and Troublemakers exhibit, Gallery 112, Ottawa Central Archives
- Mélissa Ouiment, Presented by MIFO, Shenkman Arts Centre
- PD Day camps are scheduled at several City recreation facilities
- A Day at the Museum, Billings Estate National Historic Estate
- Free public skate (2 to 4 p.m.), TD Place Arena, Lansdowne
- Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders, Canadian Tire Centre
- Ottawa 67’s vs. Oshawa Generals, TD Place Arena, Lansdowne
- Snowshoeing under the stars, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
January 23 and 24
- Suzart’s 2016 Teen Stars Showcase, presented by Suzart Productions, Centrepointe Studio
- Ottawa Farmers’ Winter Market, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne
- Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers, Canadian Tire Centre
- Ottawa 67’s vs. Saginaw Spirit, TD Place Arena, Lansdowne
- Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres, Canadian Tire Centre
- Snowshoe running with Mad Trapper and Run Ottawa, Great Lawn, Lansdowne
- Right By You at the Movies, presented by Partners for Mental Health, Shenkman Arts Centre
- Ottawa 67’s vs. Owen Sound Attack, TD Place Arena, Lansdowne
- Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo, Shenkman Arts Centre
Winterlude opening weekend
The City of Ottawa is a proud partner site for Winterlude 2016. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of activities at City facilities.
City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West
- Free pancake breakfast, January 30
- Enbridge Energy on Ice, January 30 and 31
- Ottawa 2017 Experience, January 30 and 31
- TechnoSnow, January 31
- Can You Hack it? Introduction to curling, Lansdowne Park Skating Court, Friday, January 29, 30 and 31
(Skating will be unavailable during curling)
- Polar Hero, Aberdeen Pavilion, Saturday, January 30
- Community Snow Sculpture Contest, Saturday, January 30 (Sculptures on display until February 15)
- Ottawa Museum Zone, Aberdeen Pavilion, Sunday, January 31
- Guinness Book of World Records attempt, most snowmen in one hour, Sunday, January 31
OLG Sno-bus will take you between City Hall, Lansdowne Park and other sites during Winterlude weekends.
Visit the official Winterlude website, for a complete itinerary of activities around the National Capital Region.
Plan your route before heading out to your next event. The City of Ottawa has a number of online tools at ottawa.ca to help motorists, cyclists and transit users get to their destination as easily as possible.